COVID: few VACCINES arrive in AFRICA and sometimes even EXPIRED. The SITUATION is dramatic
Big delays and gaps in the vaccination campaign for AfricaThe COVID situation in Africa It’s really dramatic: they arrive
few vaccines and often even expired. Out of almost one and a half billion inhabitants, practically only 28 million vaccines are administered two for every 100 people. The delay affects all states, with very few exceptions (such as in South Africa), while in the sub-Saharan and central-southern
vaccination picture is nothing short of bad.
The Corriere della Sera, in its online edition, reported the emblematic case of Malawi: the small state, with 18 million inhabitants and 353 thousand inoculated vials so far, holds one of the lowest percentages of vaccines-inhabitants in the world and has literally burned 20,000 doses received in May, with expiration date April 13.
The Sud del Sudan, a country in an eternal internal civil war, with crumbling or nonexistent health facilities, has gifted 8,500 inoculations to Kenya so as not to throw them away, while its population dies of viruses, starvation and other diseases. Several political and international relations experts suspect that rich countries leave the remnants of their “vaccine feast” to the black continent, often by ships that do not have suitable freezers; or the tubes are left several days in the warehouses in the sun, completely losing their effectiveness, given the very high African average temperatures.
The European Union has promised to send 100 million vials to the poorest states, mainly of AstraZeneca, which is the drug that withstands better the strong humid heat of jungle and savannah (impossible to think of sending
Pfizer in places where there is not even electricity).
The vast majority of doses have arrived in Africa so far thanks to Covax, the program for counter the coronavirus created by the National Alliance for Vaccines, operating under UN coordination.
In addition to the complete lack of proper logistics of pharmacological aid, on the African continent the official counting of the victims is also missing, which according to estimates amount to a 130 thousand, but WHO claims that number is enormously underestimated.